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    Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    Al Jazeera English has bought Al Gore's Current TV station in hope of creating an Al Jazeera America network. Article on AJE Here I see this a step in the right direction for AJE as they can have a foothold in American media.

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    Re: AJE Buys Current TV To Create New American Network

    Good for Al Jazeera. Im excited to see them on the tube soon. A great actual "news" station.


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    Re: AJE Buys Current TV To Create New American Network

    Al Jazeera has done well. A Middle East news organization is more accurate and less biased than our own American media. I feel embarrassed.

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    Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn't make relevant.

    The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling."

    The acquisition lifts Al-Jazeera's reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington, where about 4.7 million homes can now watch Al-Jazeera English.

    Al-Jazeera, owned by the government of Qatar, plans to gradually transform Current into a network called Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists. More than half of the content will be U.S. news and the network will have its headquarters in New York, spokesman Stan Collender said.

    Collender said there are no rules against foreign ownership of a cable channel — unlike the strict rules limiting foreign ownership of free-to-air TV stations. He said the move is based on demand, adding that 40 percent of viewing traffic on Al-Jazeera English's website is from the U.S.

    Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable Inc., the nation's second-largest cable TV operator, announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal.

    "Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are removing the service as quickly as possible," the company said in a statement
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    Previous to Al-Jazeera's purchase, Current TV was in 60 million homes. It is carried by Comcast Corp., which owned less than a 10 percent stake in Current TV, as well as DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.

    In 2010, Al-Jazeera English's managing director, Tony Burman, blamed a "very aggressive hostility" from the Bush administration for reluctance among cable and satellite companies to show the network.

    Even so, Al-Jazeera has garnered respect for its ability to build a serious news product in a short time. In a statement announcing the deal, it touted numerous U.S. journalism awards it received in 2012, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and the Scripps Howard Award for Television/Cable In-Depth Reporting.

    But there may be a culture clash at the network. Dave Marash, a former "Nightline" reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.

    Current has largely been outflanked by MSNBC in its effort be a liberal alternative to the leading cable news network, Fox News Channel.

    Current TV, founded in 2005 by former vice president Gore and Joel Hyatt, is expected to post $114 million in revenue in 2013, according to research firm SNL Kagan. The firm pegged the network's cash flow at nearly $24 million a year.....snip~

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    Now this is a stupid move IMO. Any reason for Gore Selling out to the Arabs and Al Jazeera? Just what we need today our kids in this country watching Pan Arab Television and their broadcasting. Anyone else think this a good idea?

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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    Al Gore sold out to oilmen? Go figure.

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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    What is stupid is what Time Warner has done.. and this in the land of supposed freedom of the press.. and yet Al Jazerra cant get on the cable networks and when they finally do, they get thrown off. Pathetic. Guess American's are afraid of a news channel that actually tells facts ... /shrug.
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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    Excellent idea. AJ is one of the best, least partisan, news channels around. It was certainly the most comprehensive and balanced voice during coverage of the Arab Spring. It certainly won't be indulging in the parochial Tweedledum/Tweedledee political lie trading that Fox and MSNBC seem to enjoy.

    Its CEO should apply for US naturalisation, like Murdoch did, then its status would be identical to Fox's.
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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    IMO a lot of western "news" channels could really increase their stature and journalistic integrity if they imitated AJ. At first blush, years ago, I dismissed them out of hand. Then I was challenged about them and the veracity of their reporting. So it is with a sad heart that I say as an American citizen, the most "journalistic" news source you can point to is AJ IMO. That is right, not NPR. Not BBC either. AJ.
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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    Should be a refreshing new voice in News in America. Thanks MMC.
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    re: Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore.....[W:187,319]

    What do you think the reason Al Jazeera hasn't tried to get into South America and Central America? Also We use to have UPI overseas. Several Mainstream media Sources accuse of Al Jazeera of being bias with their Reporting. Which included the Asian times and the BBC saying the Same. Now why would the Asian times Say so if they didn't think they were?

    Also Al Jazeera has been contacted by Groups that have held Hostages and their Sources Refuse to give up where the Terrorists or Kidnappers are. Do you think that is accurate reporting if they are only willing to let those holding the captives dictate what can be released with the reporting?

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